Team ready for season, has a ‘tight bond’

Grit . .. Big River Country women’s rugby team captain Tegan Hollows, supported by her teammates, forges for the tryline once again during her team’s home semi-final win against Varsity last year. PHOTO: CLUTHA LEADER
Pre-season preparation . .. The Big River Country women’s team discuss the plans for the year ahead during their training with coaches Dan Marshall and Lee Allan. PHOTO: CLUTHA LEADER

Rugby season is here, and the girls are back for their third year.

The Big River Country (BRC) women’s team is firing up for its season, and new coaches Dan Marshall and Lee Allan are in their element training the girls for the rugby year.

‘‘We’re very privileged and excited to have the opportunity to train the girls this season,’’ head coach Dan Marshall said.

‘‘It’s amazing to see how well they’ve gone over the last two years and we’re excited to continue their streak and hopefully get them a step further as well.’’

The BRC team had been back in action for the 2023 season since January, doing meet and greets, bonding sessions and top-tier training to prepare for the season ahead. They had players from as far as Invercargill and Dunedin and the girls had a team culture like no other.

‘‘The girls have had positive mindsets ever since we stepped in to coach, which has been refreshing,’’ Marshall said.

‘‘They have gelled together well so far and their tight bond and great attitudes are a reason they’ve gone so well in the past and will continue to do so this season.’’

‘‘They have been working on their strength and conditioning, along with their general fitness at practices. The team structure is amazing and continues to improve during every training session. ’’

There are five teams in the Otago Premier Women’s Grade and BRC are fizzing to get into the action.

They have a pre-season game this Saturday against Alhambra Union. The game is at Opoho rugby grounds in Dunedin at 11am, and the team are encouraging supporters to come along and watch them progress through the season.

The team train every Tuesday and Thursday at the grounds behind the recreation centre in Balclutha, and Marshall said the team were looking for new players to come along and have a run around with the team.

‘‘We’d love to get some new players along, especially those who are keen to play a sport of some sort. There is no pressure to play nor do they need experience, we’d just love to give women the opportunity to experience the atmosphere that the team has.’’

Players who are keen to learn more or join the team are free to contact team manager Tony Pringle on 027 221-6965 or check out the Big River Country women’s rugby team Facebook page.